Dressel Medals Twice to Lead Team USA at FINA World Championships (25m)

Dressel Medals Twice to Lead Team USA at FINA World Championships (25m)

By USA Swimming  | Friday, December 14, 2018

HANGZHOU, China – Olympic and world champion Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks) led the United States men to gold in the 200-meter freestyle relay and added silver in the individual 50m free to lead Team USA on night four of the 2018 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).

The Americans totaled four medals on Friday and currently top the medal table with 21, 10 of them gold, through four nights of competition.

Dressel, who has amassed six medals in Hangzhou, broke his own American record in the short-course 50m free with a leadoff split of 20.43 seconds to pace the U.S. to gold and a world record in the men’s 200m free relay. Ryan Held (Springfield, Ill./Wolfpack Elite), Jack Conger (Rockville, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) and Michael Chadwick (Charlotte, N.C.) followed, as the Americans touched in 1:21.80 to clip Russia’s 2014 world record.

Dressel followed with silver in the men’s 50m free in 20.54, just 0.11 seconds off his record-setting relay split.

Also winning silver on Friday was Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics) in the men’s 50m backstroke in an American record 22.63, while Kelsi Dahlia (Westhampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics) took bronze in the women’s 50m butterfly in 24.97 for her sixth medal of the competition.

A complete look at Friday’s action: 

Men’s 200m Freestyle Relay – Final

Gold – United States (Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, Jack Conger, Michael Chadwick), 1:21.80 (World Record, American Record) 
Silver – Russia, 1:22.22
Bronze – Italy, 1:22.90

Team USA won its sixth straight relay in Hangzhou and set its fifth world record, breaking a 2014 mark held by Russia.
Dressel set the American record in the 50m free leading off the relay with a split of 20.43.
Michael Andrew, Michael Jensen, Kyle DeCoursey and Conger qualified third in the prelims.

Held (on swimming fast): “That was fun. We love to swim fast and no better way to swim fast than to set a world record.”

Conger (on swimming with this group of teammates): “We’re all kind of used to swimming against each other in a short-course atmosphere, so being able to do it as a team, it’s kind of like the Dream Team. We knew we had a pretty good chance going in, but we just had to execute the right stuff and it all worked out.” 

Chadwick (on whether setting a world record is fun): “It’s a blast. I think we’re just getting better as the meet goes on. For the U.S. there’s no bigger honor than breaking a record like this, so like any team we’re just going to keep it rolling and praise God for this opportunity.” 

Women’s 50m Butterfly – Final

Gold – Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 24.47 (Meet Record)
Silver – Holly Barratt (AUS), 24.80
Bronze – Kelsi Dahlia (Westhampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics), 24.97 

Dahlia won her sixth medal at the 2018 FINA World Championships (25m). 
She was just four-hundredths of a second off her American record of 24.93.

Dahlia (on her race): “That really wasn’t what I wanted to do, but it’s okay I got another medal for Team USA. I just don’t think I hit my first breakout as well as I had hoped.”

Men’s 100m Individual Medley – Final
Gold – Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 50.63 (Meet Record)
Silver – Marco Orsi (ITA), 51.03
Bronze – Hiromasa Fujimori (JPN), 51.53
4. Michael Andrew (Lawrence, Kan./Race Pace Club), 51.58 

Andrew just missed the podium after winning gold in this event at the 2016 FINA World Championships (25m).

Women’s 100m Individual Medley – Final

Gold – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 57.26
Silver – Runa Imai (JPN), 57.85
Bronze – Alia Atkinson (JAM), 58.11
4. Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./St. Petersburg Aquatics), 58.32
5. Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C. Team Elite/Cal), 58.47

Margalis and Baker fell short of the podium after earning earlier medals in the 400m IM and 200m backstroke, respectively. 

Women’s 400m Freestyle – Final
Gold – Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 3:53.92 (World Record)
Silver – Jianjiahe Wang (CHN), 3:54.56
Bronze – Li Bingjie (CHN), 3:57.99
4. Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics), 3:58.58

Smith finishes fourth after winning bronze in the 800m free on Thursday. 

Men’s 50m Freestyle – Final

Gold – Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 20.33
Silver – Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 20.54
Bronze – Bradley Tandy (RSA), 20.94

Dressel won his second individual silver medal in Hangzhou after placing second in the 100m fly. He has added four relay gold medals.
Dressel set the American record of 20.43 leading off the 200m free relay earlier in the session.

Dressel (on his race): “There are some things that could have been better for me, but the faster swimmer won tonight for sure. Even with a better race, I don’t think I could have been 20.3 tonight. But I’m still happy with it. We’ll move forward from it, but a big congrats to Vlad. That was a fun race.”

Men’s 50m Backstroke – Final

Gold – Evegeny Rylov (RUS), 22.58
Silver – Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics), 22.63 (American Record)
Bronze – Shane Ryan (IRL), 22.76

Murphy set the American record after tying it in Thursday’s semifinal. The previous mark by Randall Bal of 22.87 had stood since 2008.
Murphy also won gold in the 100m back earlier this week in Hangzhou. 

Murphy (on his finish): “It was a good race. That’s the best of the best in that field and to come out second was a great achievement.”

Men’s 80m Freestyle Relay – Final

Gold – Brazil, 6:46.81 (World Record)
Silver – Russia, 6:46.84
Bronze – China, 6:47.53
4. United States (Blake Pieroni, Ryan Held, Zach Harting, Zane Grothe), 6:49.84

The top three teams all broke the previous world record set in 2010, with the U.S. squad finishing just 0.80 seconds off the mark.
Kieran Smith, Jack Conger, Jacob Pebley and Harting qualified second in Friday’s prelims. 

Men’s 50m Butterfly – Semifinal

1. Nicholas Santos (BRA), 21.96
11. Michael Andrew (Lawrence, Kan./Race Pace Club), 22.81 

Andrew just misses the final in his second event of the night. 

Women’s 50m Backstroke – Semifinal

1. Olivia Smoliga (Glenview, Ill./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 26.06
13-tie. Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C. Team Elite/Cal), 26.76

Smoliga moves to Saturday’s 50m backstroke as the top qualifier. 

Women’s 100m Breaststroke – Semifinal

1. Alia Atkinson (JAM), 1:04.07
3. Katie Meili (Colleyville, Texas/New York Athletic Club), 1:04.54

Meili qualifies third for Saturday’s 100m breast final. 



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